Tuesday, August 19, 2014

TOM RILEY, MATTHEW GOODE, BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH, JIM BROADBENT TO LEND VOICES IN 'MAGIK' ANIMATED FANTASY ADVENTURE! LIFETIME'S 'DELIVERANCE CREEK' HISTORICAL SHOW POSTERS AND TRAILER

'MAGIK' ANIMATED FILM GETS
TOM RILEY, MATTHEW GOODE, BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH
In news from the animated genre today, Canadian animated movie MAGIK, scheduled for Christmas 2016 release, is gathering quite a stellar voice cast: DA VINCI'S DEMONS' Tom Riley, Benedict Cumberbatch, Matthew Goode, Samantha Morton, Jim Broadbent, will all give their voices to the animated characters in the $40 million fantasy movie about Lewis Clark who is a brilliant author who stumbles upon a world of Magic after the disappearance of his two young children. He begins a quest to try to stop the insidious evil that threatens to destroy both his new world and his old one.

DELIVERANCE CREEK
NEW HISTORICAL TV SHOW
When it comes to television updates, today you can check out first character posters and the first trailer for Lifetime's upcoming  historical action series DELIVERANCE CREEK which arrives into the small screens September 13th! Directed by Jon Amiel (TUDORS, BORGIAS, ONCE UPON A TIME), and produced by famous writer Nicholas Sparks, the story of the new series will be set at the end of the Civil War, following a widowed mother of tree kids Belle Gatlin Barlowe (Lauren Ambrose) who faces uncertainty as she attempts to defend her family's land by any means necessary. When the corrupt bank that runs their town pushes Belle into becoming an outlaw, the stakes become personal, setting off a chain of events that force her to question whether it's better to be good or to survive. Wes Ramsey, always wonderful Christopher Backus, Joel Johnstone, Riley Smith, Skeet Ulrich also star!

JOAN COLLINS AS GRAND DUCHESS IN ELIZABETH HURLEY'S 'THE ROYALS'! RYAN MCPARTLIN IN 'BAD JUDGE', MIRANDA OTTO IN 'WESTWORLD'! SYFY ORDERS 'CHILDHOOD'S END' SF SERIES, WGN AMERICA 'TITANS' & 'UNDERGROUND' HISTORICAL SERIES

JOAN COLLINS TO PLAY
ELIZABETH HURLEY'S GRAND DUCHESS MOTHER IN 'ROYALS'
Hollywood legend Joan Collins is famous for guest starring in many TV soaps: after DYNASTY she played wicked ladies in many series and sitcoms from HAPPILY DIVORCED, PACIFIC PALISADES, WILL AND GRACE and FOOTBALLERS' WIVES to THE NANNY. Now she will mess up with ROYALS in E!'s first scripted TV series which will see Elizabeth Hurley play a fictional queen of England. Joan Collins will play the Grand Duchess of Oxford, who is the mother of Hurley's Queen Helena, and whose involvement in the Queen's life could lead to trouble, as she always pursues an agenda of her own. Scheduled for next year, THE ROYALS will see Queen Helena attempting to cover her son Prince Liam's (William Moseley) affair with the daughter of the palace's head of security. Vincent Regan is King Simon, while Tom Austen is a court guard who has an affair with the princess. 

TELEVISION HEADLINES
RYAN MCPARTLIN JOINS 'BAD JUDGE' SITCOM AT NBC
In short television casting news today, Ryan McPartlin has been cast in BAD JUDGE sitcom at NBC in which Kate Walsh will play a hard-living, sexually unapologetic woman whose life on the edge is constantly in balance because she also happens to be a judge in the criminal court system. Ryan McPartlin will play Billy the Fireman, her love interest.
MIRANDA OTTO IN 'WEST WORLD'
Meanwhile, over at HBO, Miranda Otto has joined Anthony Hopkins, Rodrigo Santoro, James Marsden, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton in sf series WESTWORLD which is set in an amusement park inhabited by androids who serve to please human visitors. After playing the Gargoyle queen in I, FRANKENSTEIN and the princess of Rohan in LOTR, Miranda Otto will now play the manipulative head of Westworld's Quality Assurance department.

NEW MINI SERIES ON TV
SYFY'S 'CHILDHOOD'S END', WGN AMERICA'S 'TITANS' AND 'UNDERGROUND' MINI SERIES
When it comes to mini series SyFy is about to give a greenlight to CHILDHOOD'S END six episode sf series  based on Arthur C. Clarke's book about a peaceful alien invasion of Earth by the mysterious Overlords, whose arrival ends all war and turns the planet into a near-utopia! At the same time, WGN America has ordered 13 episodes of TITANS series telling the story of a family of outsiders who’ve been in the hills of Appalachia since before anyone can remember. Living off the grid and above the law on their mountaintop homestead, they’ll protect their world and defend their way of life using any means necessary. Beside ordering THE TEN COMMANDMENTS series before, they will also produce UNDERGROUND historical drama about the famous Underground Railroad used to smuggle slaves from the pre-Civil War South to the North!

Monday, August 18, 2014

FIRST IMAGES FROM 'THE MOON AND THE SUN' FANTASY ADVENTURE WITH PIERCE BROSNAN, KAYA SCODELARIO, FAN BINGBING! BBC'S 'THE VILLAGE' HISTORICAL SERIES WITH JOHN SIMM, RUPERT EVANS STARTS 2ND SEASON

THE MOON AND THE SUN
FIRST IMAGES WITH PIERCE BROSNAN AND KAYA SCODELARIO
Now, I have no idea how this one has skipped of my radar before, but it's never too late to inform you of an upcoming movie: today you can  check out the first pictures depicting the luxurious sets and costumes from THE MOON AND THE SUN a period fantasy adventure with Pierce Brosnan and Kaya Scodelario (PERCY JACKSON movies)   in the leading roles. The big screen adaptation of Vonda N. McIntyre's bestselling fantasy book which won Nebula Award back in 1997. is scheduled for the cinematic release on April 10th next year! The movie is being directed by Sean McNamara (SOUL SURFER) and also includes William Hurt, Benjamin Walker, Rachel Griffiths, Pablo Schreiber and Bingbing Fan in the cast!

KING LOUIS AND A MERMAID
Paramount's upcoming fantasy adventure has the budget of about $55 million and the story will see Pierce Brosnan sporting long wavy hairdo as His Majesty King Louis XIV of France whose quest for immortality (he is determined to protect the future of France by reigning for all eternity) leads him to capture and steal a mermaid's life force, a move that is further complicated by his illegitimate daughter's discovery of the creature. Asian star Fan BingBing plays the unfortunate mermaid while Kaya Scodelario is King Louis' daughter who  discovers the mystical creature and strikes up a friendship with her.

BBC'S 'THE VILLAGE' HISTORICAL
SERIES STARTS SECOND SEASON
Another thing to look forward too is the second season of outstandingly brilliant historical series THE VILLAGE which HOLLYWOOD SPY warmly recommends you and which is currently airing its second  season over at BBC One on Sundays!  The series brings the sweeping story of 20th Century England played out through a family in a Derbyshire village. While the first season was set just before the WW1, the second season is set in the early 1920s in which the female vote is starting to be valued, some new farming methods are influencing the success of agriculture and the whole VILLAGE is experiencing growth and rebuilding while still feeling the scars of the war. John Simm, Tom Varey, Rupert Evans, Matt Stokoe and Juliet Stevenson are leading the cast!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY, KEN WATANABE, NAOMI WATTS TO SALE 'SEA OF TREES'! GERARD BUTLER'S SF ADVENTURE 'GEOSTORM' CASTS JIM STURGESS, ED HARRIS, ANDY GARCIA, ABBIE CORNISH!

'SEA OF TREES' TO HAVE 
MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY, KEN WATANABE AND NAOMI WATTS
As the 'Hollywood Reporter' writes today, Gus Van Sant's unusual drama SEA OF TREES is rounding up the cast: the latest one to join Matthew McConaughey, Ken Watanabe and Naomi Watts is Katie Aselton. She will play McConaughey's lover, while Naomi is his wife in the story which centres on Arthur (Matthew McConaughey), an American man, and a Japanese man named Takumi (Ken Watanabe) who meet in an area of Japan known as the "Suicide Forest," where many go to end their own lives. Instead of killing themselves, the two men go on a journey of self-reflection through the forest together.

GERARD BUTLER'S 'GEOSTORM'
SF MOVIE TO CAST JIM STURGESS, ABBIE CORNISH, ED HARRIS AND ANDY GARCIA
Yet, another of the upcoming movie projects gaining new cast members is sf adventure GEOSTORM with Gerard Butler which is about to hire Jim Sturgess, Abbie Cornish, Andy Garcia and Ed Harris too!  Gerard Butler plays a satellite engineer who learns that the world's climate-control satellites are malfunctioning, forcing him to team up with his estranged brother (Jim Sturgess) to stop a man-made storm from destroying the Earth. While the engineer travels into space to fix the satellites, his brother discovers a plot to assassinate the President of the United States (Andy Garcia). Abbie Cornish will play a Secret Service agent who is also the brother's girlfriend, while Ed Harris is portraying the Secretary of State.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

GUY RITCHIE WANTS JAMIE DORNAN FOR 'KING ARTHUR' EPIC MOVIE FRANCHISE! NEW POSTER AND TRAILER FOR 'NORTHMEN A VIKING SAGA' EPIC MOVIE WITH TOM HOPPER, RYAN KWANTEN!

JAMIE DORNAN WANTED FOR
GUY RITCHIE'S 'KING ARTHUR'
Do I have the greatest news from the epic front today or what: after yesterday's amazing news that Tom Hiddleston might be new BEN HUR, today's blissful info is that Guy Ritchie wants Irish hunk Jamie Dornan for the lead in his KING ARTHUR possible seven movie historical franchise! According to 'Daily Mail' the director recently met the 50 SHADES OF GRAY, THE FALL and NEW WORLDS star and was blown away by his charisma. The only problem, currently, can be the fact that he is locked with Universal on 50 SHADES and KING ARTHUR will be over at Warner Bros. I've informed you recently that Guy Ritchie also wants Idris Elba to play Arthur's teacher in a reimagining of the story of King Arthur and his legendary knights of the kingdom of Camelot. The movie is scheduled for July 2016, and before that Ritchie has THE MAN FROM UNCLE with Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer!

NORTHMEN: A VIKING SAGA 
NEW POSTER AND TRAILER WITH TOM HOPPER AND RYAN KWANTEN
And to end the day in epic style, check out the new poster and trailer for NORTHMEN: A VIKING SAGA which, starring TV stars Tom Hopper and Ryan Kwanten follows a band of Vikings stranded behind enemy lines on the coast of Alba as their longboat goes down in a dreadful storm. Their only chance of survival is to find a path to the Viking settlement, Danelag, traversing an unfamiliar and hostile land they have never known.

Friday, August 15, 2014

SOPHIE TURNER AND JEREMY IRVINE ARE THE SHELLEYS IN 'MARY SHELLEY'S MONSTER'! THANDIE NEWTON, ED HARRIS JOIN ANTHONY HOPKINS, JAMES MARSDEN, RODRIGO SANTORO IN 'WESTWORLD'! NEW 'PRIDE' POSTER & TRAILER WITH IMELDA STAUNTON, BILL NIGHY

MARY SHELLEY'S MONSTER 
SOPHIE TURNER & JEREMY IRVINE
In the sea of Frankenstein movies that we've seen recently or are about to see soon, another one is MARY SHELLEY'S MONSTER which will not deal with Frankie itself but with the woman who created him with her imagination. The gothic romance movie, which will follow the 19th century young author as she writes her classic Frankenstein novel, will star GAME OF THRONES' Sophie Turner in the lead role. Forced to bargain with her own monstrous alter-ego, this literary success comes at a great personal cost. British star Jeremy Irvine has been cast to play  her husband, famous poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, while Taissa Farmiga will be playing the writer's step-sister Claire Clairmont.

'WESTWORLD' SF SERIES CASTS 
THANDY NEWTON AND ED HARRIS
In TV news, two latest high profile movie names to join HBO's upcoming science fiction series WESTWORLD are Thandie Newton and Ed Harris! In the show, which explores the evolution of artificial intelligence through its story of a Western-themed amusement park populated by lifelike androids, Thandie Newton will play world-weary madame Maeve Millay, whose life is forever changed by revelations about the true nature of the theme park. Ed Harris will be the ultimate villain in the series. The stellar cast already includes Anthony Hopkins as the owner of the park, Rodrigo Santoro, James Marsden and Evan Rachel Wood.

NEW 'PRIDE' POSTER & TRAILER 
 IMELDA STAUNTON & BILL NIGHY
A few months ago I've shown you the first trailer for the most delightful movie PRIDE and now we have a new poster and a trailer too! Starring Imelda Staunton, Bill Nighy, Dominic West and coming out this September PRIDE is set in 1984, when the National Union of Mineworkers' strike caused a group of London gay and lesbian activists to help a small mining community in Wales. While the union and the community at large initially denies their assistance, they become unexpected allies with more in common than they once thought.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

TOM HIDDLESTON TO DRIVE CHARIOTS IN NEW 'BEN HUR'? 'MORTDECAI' TRAILER WITH JOHNNY DEPP, EWAN MCGREGOR, PAUL BETTANY! JACK HUSTON JOINS LILY JAMES, SAM RILEY IN 'PRIDE AND PREJUDICES AND ZOMBIES'!

TOM HIDDLESTON 
TO BE THE NEW 'BEN HUR'?
Well, I might just faint if this casting choice becomes reality over in Hollywood: the word around Tinseltown today is that our dearly beloved thespian Tom Hiddleston is wanted for the lead role in the new movie version of BEN HUR! To be helmed by Timur Bekmambetov the historical epic film, set for February 2016, will centre on the early years of Judah BEN HUR and Messalla, who were best friends as children before the Roman Empire conquered Jerusalem. After Messalla leaves for five years to be educated, he mocks his former friend's religion, and sets up BEN HUR as the scapegoat for an accident, which causes him to be sold into slavery. Years later, BEN HUR swears to get his revenge, culminating in the legendary chariot races from the original movie! Sticking closer to the story from the book, the movie will also have a story on Jesus running parallel with the main one.

PRIDE AND PREJUDICES AND ZOMBIES ADAPTATION CASTS  
JACK HUSTON AND LILY JAMES
Another project that we've announced many times before is gaining new momentum with first casting additions: after Lily James (whom you will watch next year in CINDERELLA) and Sam Riley, PRIDE AND PREJUDICES AND ZOMBIES will now have Jack Huston too! Lily James will portray Elizabeth Bennett, Sam Riley is playing Mr. Darcy and Bella Heathcote is playing Elizabeth's sister, while Jack Huston will be Wickham in the big screen adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's novel which is a zombie version of Jane Austen's novel, in which Elizabeth's quest for love is set in the time of a vicious zombie outbreak. Wickham wants to teach the zombies how to fight, winning Elizabeth over with his theories on the undead soldiers.

'MORTDECAI' TRAILER 
 JOHNNY DEPP, EWAN MCGREGOR, PAUL BETTANY AND 
GWYNETH PALTROW
The first trailer for Johnny Depp's adventure MORTDECAI has been released!  Juggling some angry Russians, the British Mi5, his impossibly leggy wife and an international terrorist, debonair art dealer and part time rogue Charlie Mortdecai (Johnny Depp) must traverse the globe armed only with his good looks and special charm in a race to recover a stolen painting rumoured to contain the code to a lost bank account filled with Nazi gold. Set for February 2015 release, the movie also stars Ewan McGregor, Paul Bettany, Gwyneth Paltrow and Olivia Munn! Check out Depp with a truly horrible British accent below:

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

RIP ROBIN WILLIAMS (1951-2014) THE GREATEST COMEDIAN EVER! NEW POSTER FOR ABC'S UPCOMING NEW TV SERIES 'FOREVER' WITH IOAN GRUFFUDD AS IMMORTAL DOCTOR

ROBIN WILLIAMS (1951-2014)
WHEN THE LAUGHTER ENDS
Genie, you're free - that was the tweet the Academy of Motion Pictures and Arts has posted in honour of Robin Williams who died last night after suffering from depression for years. I must admit I've been on the brink of tears all day long: he was one of the greatest actors of all times, the one who made so many childhoods enriched with his wonderful magic, the one who radiated so much heartwarming and inspiring energy to the world around him. In the world of crude, rude and offensive comedians, he was the gentle light that shone with kindness and love. Which of his roles are your favourite ones? I loved his comedy roles, but I also deeply respected the depth of his dramatic roles (ONE HOUR PHOTO, WHAT DREAMS MAY COME, INSOMNIA). He was the light of our movie lives and I don't know if the world will be the same without him. One of the most beautiful stories I remember about him is how he took care of his long-time friend Christopher Reeve's son (who not only lost his father in 2004 but a year after his mother too) when he was left without parents. 

STILL TO WATCH FROM ROBIN
There are other films that he made that await their premieres: he reprised his role of Teddy Roosevelt in NIGHT IN THE MUSEUM SECRET OF THE TOMB which opens this December. A bit earlier this November you will watch him next to Lauren Graham in MERRY FRIGGIN CHRISTMAS. A sequel for his greatest hit MRS. DOUBTFIRE was also planned.

NEW 'FOREVER' POSTER 
IOAN GRUFFUDD IS IMMORTAL
If only Robin could've lived forever like the main character of ABC's new series FOREVER which starts airing September 22nd. Movie star Ioan Gruffudd will play Doctor Henry Morgan, New York City’s star medical examiner, who has a secret. He doesn't just study the dead to solve criminal cases, he does it to solve the mystery that has eluded him for 200 years—the answer to his own inexplicable immortality.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

HISTORY CHANNEL'S 'HOUDINI' HISTORICAL MINI SERIES TRAILER AND PHOTOS WITH ADRIEN BRODY! NEW POSTER FOR ABC'S 'SELFIE' SITCOM WITH KAREN GILLAN AND JOHN CHO!

ADRIEN BRODY IS HOUDINI
IN HISTORY CHANNEL'S NEW HISTORICAL MINI TV SERIES
It's a slow beginning of the week, so all I have for you are some TV news, starting with the first trailer for History Channel's two episode mini series HOUDINI in which Oscar winner Adrien Brody  plays the famous magician! To premiere September 1st it follows the epic tales of Harry Houdini as he emerges as America’s first bonafide world-renowned superstar. From humble beginnings at circus sideshows to sold-out concert halls, Eastern European immigrant Erich Weiss rose to become a household name across the globe–Houdini. Academy Award winner Adrien Brody (The Pianist) stars as The Great Harry Houdini as he finds fame, engages in espionage, battles spiritualists and encounters the greatest names of the era, from U.S. presidents to Arthur Conan Doyle and Rasputin. A thrilling ride throughout Harry’s psyche, HOUDINI delves deep behind the curtain into his life through his stunts, his visions and his mastery of illusion. Joining Brody is Kristen Connolly as Bess Houdini, the love of Harry’s life and right hand when it came to some of his most amazing feats, and Evan Jones as Jim Collins, Harry’s assistant and confidant.

 
NEW 'SELFIE' POSTER WITH
KAREN GILLAN AND JOHN CHO
You can also check out a new poster for ABC's new sitcom SELFIE which should arrive to the small screens September 30th starring GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY's Karen Gillan as  Eliza Dooley who has 263,000 followers who hang on to her every post, tweet and selfie. But one lonely day she has a revelation: being friended is not the same as having actual friends. She asks marketing guru Henry (STAR TREK's John Cho) to 'rebrand' her self-obsessed reputation and teach her how to connect.

Monday, August 11, 2014

HUNKY TRIO ERIC BANA, JACK REYNOR AND THEO JAMES JOIN 'THE SECRET SCRIPTURE' THRILLER WITH ROONEY MARA, JEREMY IRONS AND VANESSA REDGRAVE

THE SECRET SCRIPTURE
ERIC BANA, THEO JAMES, JACK REYNOR JOIN ROONEY MARA AND JEREMY IRONS
Now here's a rather stellar, and also a rather hunky, cast for you: according to the latest news coming from 'Variety' dramatic thriller THE SECRET SCRIPTURE has just added a trio of extreme hunks - Eric Bana, DIVERGENT's Theo James and TRANSFORMERS' Jack Reynor - to the cast which already has Rooney Mara and two acting legends (and privately scandalous parents) Jeremy Irons and Vanessa Redgrave! To be directed by Jim Sheridan (Oscar nominee for MY LEFT FOOT and IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER) THE SECRET SCRIPTURE will actually be a big screen movie adaptation of a Sebastian Barry bestselling novel. The story of the movie follows a woman (Rooney Mara) who keeps a diary of her extended stay at a mental hospital! Eric Bana will play a rebellious doctor who is responsible for reviewing Roseanne’s (Rooney Mara) case, Theo James will, believe it or not, play the local Catholic priest and Jack Reynor will portray a member of the British army and the love interest of Mara's character. 

DID YOU KNOW?
Theo James is currently finishing the shooting of DIVERGENT's sequel INSURGENT and will also star in LONDON FIELDS next to Johnny Depp, Jim Sturgess, Jason Isaacs and Billy Bob Thornton. Jack Reynor, who got his fame in $1 billion earning TRANSFORMERS will join Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard in MACBETH, while Eric Bana is starring this summer in DELIVER US FROM EVIL horror pic. Rooney Mara  will go lesbifriendly with Cate Blanchett in CAROL and will then play Tiger Lily in PAN next to Hugh Jackman. Jeremy Irons is preparing to play Alfred the butler in SUPERMAN VS BATMAN DAWN OF JUSTICE.